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No. 7 Foran earns 24th win of season; Danbury, Southington, Middletown roll

Bristol Central’s Andrew Beaucaf, left, battles Middletown’s Ryan Conklin in Wednesday’s CCC South match in Bristol. Beaucaf won the 152-pound match with a pin but Middletown won the overall match.

MILFORD, January 16, 2019 — No team in the state has won more dual meets thus far than No. 7 Foran High, which beat Hand, 48-25 in a SCC Division I showdown in Milford on Wednesday night.

Foran (24-2, 2-0 SCC Div. I) was particularly strong in the upper weight classes winning eight of the last nine matches. Foran’s K.J. Pokornowski (160) prevailed in a tight one-point decision over Carter Ganino, 3-2 while Hand’s Zachary Morro (113) earned a 6-5 win over Tanish Joshi.

In a battle of top 10 teams, Trumbull won the first three matches to take a 12-point lead but No. 1 Danbury had seven pins in the remaining 11 matches to beat the Eagles, 48-23.

Trumbull’s Michael Longo (106) beat Danbury’s Kai O’Dell by one point, 5-4 in one of the closer matches of the evening. The Hatters improve to 7-0 on the season while Trumbull slips to 20-5.

Wednesday, January 16 results and boxscores

No. 6 Middletown won the first four matches of the bout to take a 21-point lead and never gave it up in a 43-25 CCC South victory over Bristol Central.

There were several well-fought matches throughout the evening. Middletown’s Jake Toth got a late takedown in the third period to beat Bristol Central’s Jakob Salinas, 9-7 in the second bout of the evening at 195 pounds.

At 120, Middletown’s Jouse Bobe got a takedown with 19 seconds left to secure a 6-3 victory over Central’s Adam Ward. The host Rams won three of the five matches of the evening to close the final gap.

Bristol Central’s Karrienn Hoe has Middletown’s Alex Prince in the air in their match at 126 pounds. Hoe prevailed, 8-2.

With six pins and a win by technical fall, No. 4 Southington (8-1, 3-0 CCC West) rolled to a 60-3 victory over Newington. Jacob Zotti (132) got the ball rolling for Newington with a 4-3 victory in the first match but Southington won the remainder of the bouts.

No. 5 Simsbury (8-1, 3-0 CCC West) had eight pins as they remained undefeated in the CCC West with a 72-9 victory over Conard.

If Simsbury and Southington continue on their current paths, the two teams could be wrestling for the lead in the CCC West on Wednesday, January 30 in Southington beginning at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, January 16 results and boxscores

No. 3 Fairfield Warde took advantage of eight forfeits and had two pins in a 63-12 victory over New Canaan.

No. 8 Xavier (6-1, 2-0 SCC Div. I) has been on the road for a while. In the last three weekends, they participated in tournaments in Maine, New York and Delaware. On Wednesday night, they were home to host Guilford in a SCC match.

With six pins, the Falcons beat Guilford, 48-18. Xavier will compete again on Saturday when they host the Colter Abely Mid-Season Classic at Mercy High with four top 10 teams scheduled to compete (Xavier, Trumbull, No. 2 Bristol Eastern and Fairfield Warde).

Wednesday, January 16 results and boxscores

New Milford (5-0, 3-0 SWC Colonial) won five of the final six matches of the evening to outlast Pomperaug, 40-37 in SWC action.

Pins from Joanne Ortiz (106), Shayn Donaldson (113), Peter Coniglio (132) and Ian Brett (138) made the difference for New Milford.

Pomperaug (5-5, 1-2 SWC Colonial) had a 37-24 lead with three matches remaining but New Milford’s Max Piel (126) earned a 10-2 victory, Coniglio pinned in 44 seconds and Brett won with a pin in 1:01 to lift the Green Wave to the victory.

Wednesday, January 16 results and boxscores

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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